Hormones and Diabetes: It’s Not So Sweet

Diabetes Basics

Did you know that the medical term for diabetes is actually “Diabetes Mellitus”?  (Although you probably never hear it called that.) Diabetes affects approximately 30.3 million people (9.4% of the population) in the United States, (Tom Hanks, Nick Jonas and Halle Berry to name a few) while another estimated 84.1 million people have prediabetes and don’t know it. What you probably know is that it has something to do with sugar. To put it simply, diabetes is a chronic condition in which the body does not produce enough of the hormone insulin, resulting in high levels of the sugar “glucose” in the bloodstream.

Every Type is Pretty Terrible

There are two main types of diabetes: type 1 and type 2. Both types of diabetes are lifelong diseases that affect the way your body regulates blood sugar, or glucose. Glucose is the fuel that feeds your body’s cells, but to enter your cells it needs a key. Insulin is that key. People with type 1 diabetes  (often known as juvenile diabetes) don’t produce insulin. You can think of it as not having a key. People with type 2 diabetes don’t respond to insulin as well as they should and later in the disease often don’t make enough insulin. You can think of this as having a broken key. Of the two, type 1 is the most severe.

When Hormones Have Their Way

Hormone imbalances definitely influence blood sugar levels. To better understand how hormones affect diabetes, it is important to identify which hormones can impact those levels in the blood. Insulin is the hormone that affects blood sugar levels the most, but it’s not the only one. Glucagon, Amylin, Epinephrine, Cortisol and Growth Hormone are others that are best left to medical minds. Let’s just say when it comes to diabetes, unbalanced, they’re “bad”.  This, we can all understand.

Some Serious Stuff Here

Many people with diabetes often “poo-poo” it, not believing it can really do that much damage. But consider just some of the symptoms and health-related problems:

  • Increased thirst and urination
  • Nerve pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blurred vision
  • Hunger
  • Weight loss or gain
  • Fatigue
  • Dry mouth 
  • Depression
  • Slow-healing wounds, cuts, or sores 
  • Itching skin
  • Increased susceptibility to infections
  • Heart and blood vessel disease
  • Kidney disease

Still think controlling it isn’t something to think seriously about?

Eat This Up

The first thing people think about when it comes to diabetes and diet, is deprivation. No this, no that, and absolutely, positively, never-ever anything sweet. Not so. It’s just all about portion. That box of Valentine candy? Have a small piece or two, just don’t devour the whole thing or dig into a 5-lb chocolate heart. (Cupid won’t die if you don’t). A diet for diabetics is a sensible, healthy diet for anyone; fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein and heart-healthy fats. It’s about cutting back on sodium and processed foods. And really cutting back on carbs which are most easily broken down into sugar.  What are a few examples of things you should you totally try to avoid?

  • Frosting (Sorry, but you can ‘t get caught up in the cupcake craze)
  • Bagels
  • Soda (sugar-free is fine)
  • Sugary cereals- (Fruit Loops can really send your blood sugar in loops)
  • Stick margarine
  • Jarred tomato sauce- (Sure, it’s easy, but…Prego is a no-go)
  • Bacon (No more “Bs” in your BLTs)
  • Maraschino cherries (And the sugar-laden cocktails you love them in)
  • Soy sauce
  • Smoothies (Just being green, doesn’t make them healthy)
  • Vanilla cappuccino with whipped cream and hazelnut drizzle (Or any other Starbucks specialty where tons of sugar make them so special.)
  • The devilish duos of anything breaded and fried (bye-bye chicken McNuggets)
  • Fatty red meat (liverwurst’s the worst)
  • Hot dogs

It’s All in the Balance

Before you go bonkers over diabetes, you have to remember that it can be all about hormone imbalances. And imbalances, if treated correctly, by the right medical specialists, can be balanced. The place to start, is getting a good and accurate measure of your hormones, especially those that can contribute to diabetes. And in the Denver area, there’s no better place to do that than at Denver Hormone Health. Every one of the doctors that are at Denver Hormone Health are hormone specialists that know everything there is to know about hormones and getting them back in balance. Simple tests can tell them how they can help you if they determine you’re pre-diabetic or diabetic. Even if it turns out you’re not, they can see if something isn’t in balance with all the other hormones floating through your bloodstream. In any case, all they care about is getting you back to feeling your best. Call the experts at Denver Hormone Health now.

Diabetes doesn’t have to get you down.

Hormones and Health – Hormone Happy New Year

Hormone Health in 2019

Oh Boy, Here It Goes Again

New Year’s resolutions. You know, those well-intended promises to yourself that make you feel righteous when you make them. One problem, is that most people makes lists that are longer than the list of our President’s Twitter rants. Resolutions that rarely last until February, if at all.

You’re not alone.

Here Are A Few Goodies

There are always the standards:” I’ll eat right. I’ll lose weight. I’ll exercise more. I’ll be a better person.” Always a good start. But maybe you should start the New Year with an overall inventory of your general health. Listen to what your body is telling you. You can’t depend on a Fitbit to get the whole picture.

Forget Trying to Google “Good Resolutions”

Try these instead; determine to get yearly physicals, check your blood pressure and cholesterol. And don’t forgo those Flu shots. Above all, if something is going on with the way you feel, don’t ignore it hoping it will go away. Don’t self-diagnose (or Google your symptoms).

Spend Time with Things Furry And 4-Legged

It never hurts to make some resolutions that wouldn’t make it to many lists:

  • Stop self-bullying
  • Take out your earbuds and listen
  • Spend less than half your day on devices
  • Sleep more
  • Say “no” more often
  • Call friends. Frequently.
  • Don’t become a life potato
  • Travel, if only to another side of town
  • Leave your bed unmade with guilting over it
  • Give envy a break
  • Treat yourself like #1

Get Out of Hormone Hell

Now this is a resolution everyone should make. Hormones? Yep. Those chemical messengers that tear through your body calling the shots as to what’s working and what’s not.

Those headaches?
Maybe just hormones.

That fatigue?
Hormones.

Depression. Unexplained weight gain. Brain fog?
Ditto.

Unbalanced hormones can have a heyday with your entire body.

A visit to Denver Hormone Health can tell you if your hormones are out of balance. Every doctor at Denver Hormone Health is a specialist in everything that has to do with hormones, so you couldn’t put yourself in better hands. Whatever your resolutions, make making an appointment at Denver Hormone Health a must.

New year? New you.

MENOPAUSE: WOMENS’ HORMONAL TAILSPINS

Menopause Treatments

What Hormones Have To Do With Menopause

Menopause? To put it simply, hormones (of which the human body has 50 or so which control every organ in your body) are chemical messengers that circulate throughout your bloodstream telling your cells what they are supposed to do. However, they don’t always do the job. Which can have a major effect on how you feel.

This Ought To Give You Pause

You’ve heard of (or are ridiculously ensnared in) Menopause. But many women aren’t really aware of what’s referred to as Peri-menopause. Menopause is defined as a: “lack of period for 12 months or more, in a woman who is over age 40.”  Peri-menopause entails the years leading up to menopause—a time of hormonal imbalance, when the production of sex hormones (estrogen, progesterone and testosterone) begin to decline.

Sweating Bullets Is A Real Killer

Peri-menopause varies greatly from one woman to the next. The average duration is three to four years, although it can last just a few months or extend as long as a decade. While most women associate the dreaded hot flashes with menopause, they are the most common symptom of peri-menopause. Hot flashes that make you feel like you’re being consumed internally by fire. Hot flashes that send you running to open the freezer door and stand there with your head in it trying to get some relief. Then there are the nasty night sweats that leave you wiped out, (and the sheets) wringing wet.

Here’s Another Hot Flash

Many women trudging through peri-menopause and menopause suffer from other symptoms. These include the potential of fibroids (benign tumors of the uterine wall) and endometriosis. About 40% of perimenopausal women have sleep problems. Estimates put the number of women who experience mood symptoms during peri-menopause at 10%–20%. The vagina may become dry and thin, and sex may be painful. It could also lead to the “blahs”, extra weight, chronic low energy and even osteoporosis.

Nothing Funny About It

Menopause jokes abound, but ask any woman woefully wading through it and they’ll tell you it’s no laughing matter. Hearing “chill out” in response to a hot flash, is never amusing. But you want to know what some people think is hilarious? Try a book called “How not to kill the woman you love: your guide to surviving her menopause”. And here’s a supposed hoot: The 7 Dwarfs of Menopause: Itchy, Bitchy, Sweaty, Sleepy, Bloated, Forgetful and Psycho. Is it any wonder women would like to be reincarnated as something that doesn’t go through menopause?

The Road Doesn’t Have To Be Rocky

Fortunately, it does NOT have to be a time when a woman feels like her body is fighting against her. There is a way to stop hormones from ruling you. The answer is Denver Hormone Health. Every one of their doctors has had extensive experience and training in balancing the hormones that wreak havoc on a woman during peri-menopause and menopause. (Actually, they are unmatched in correcting every type of hormone imbalance in the body). No other team meets their level of understanding, dedicated care and standards. Through state-of-the-art diagnostic testing they are able to create individualized treatment plans that will help you achieve optimal health. Call Denver Hormone Health for an appointment now.  There’s no better way to change “the change.